African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Principal Country Programme Officer Jobs in Nigeria

African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Principal Country Programme Officer Jobs in Nigeria

  • African Development Bank Group (AfDB) - Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).

    The Complex

  • The Vice-Presidency for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery is responsible for operational relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank Group’s operational programs, and activities.

    The Hiring Department

  • The various Country Office falls within one of the five (5) Regions of the Africa Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Hubs. The Hub oversees a combination of country and liaison offices, as well as non-presence countries. The Director General is accountable of the specific African region.

    The Position

  • The Principal Country Programme Officer (CPO) will work closely with the Director General, Deputy Director General and Country Manager, to support programme implementation and monitoring in designated countries and responsibilities. The CPO provides facilitation to review, examine and evaluate the organization's objectives, structure, procedures, policies and management systems.

    Key Functions

  • Under the supervision of the Director General, or Deputy Director General and/or Country Manager, the CPO undertakes the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Preparation of reports - Prepare on a quarterly basis, a summary of the Quarterly Portfolio Report for the Directr/Deputy Director General/Country Manager.

  • Prepare on a monthly basis a synthesis of the implementation of the Country Office work program and highlight the bottlenecks and proposed solutions.

  • Monitor the implementation of the recommendations of the monthly portfolio flashlight reports and other reports such as flagged and projects due for cancellation, outstanding special account balances, etc.

  • Coordination - Coordinate the Country Office submission through the use of the BRAG tool in coordination with Sector Experts, Economists and Ecosystem Staff.

  • Coordinate overall portfolio management and operations programming.

  • Project & Work Program Management - Work with Sector Experts responsible for specific projects to ensure that solution to pending projects problems are resolved, and additionally serve as Secretary to the Country Team.

  • Compliance Management - Ensure that activity reports and audit reports comply with Bank requirements and are submitted on time.

  • Ensure that the recommendations of supervision, portfolio review and audit missions are implemented.

  • Undertake quality control of key documents, participate in dialogue with Government, Regional or Country Economic Communities as required, and follow up on agreed actions.

  • Support the Director/Deputy Director General/Country Manager in ensuring country office team members actions comply with Bank Ethics, Regulations, Policies and guidance.

  • Provide input to the preparation portfolio related to country briefs for Annual Meetings and other briefs to Management.

    Coordination of Non-Lending Activities:

  • Advice the Director/Deputy Director General Country Manager on strategic options as required to improve revenue generation and/or cost efficiencies.

  • Provide support in administering the analytics and advisory activities and lending operations at various stages of preparation and provide inputs on such documentation. This function focuses on reviewing and assessing concept notes, draft appraisal reports, other operations documents and final outputs;

    Stakeholder Management:

  • Under the guidance of the Director/Deputy Director General/Country Manager, establish and, strategically manage solid working relationships with the assigned country’s government, international development agencies, clients and key stakeholders.

  • Support the Director/Deputy Director General/Country Manager to manage communication and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover products.

  • Actively support the Director/Deputy Director General/Country Manager to manage relationships with government and other Development Partners (DPs).

  • Advise on and lead initiatives and strategies to foster effective and strong relationships with Government, Private Sector and Development Partners.

  • Lead the Country portfolio performance review process with the Government and other
    Development Partners that include responsibility for quality control of key documents, taking part in dialogue with Government and following up on agreed actions;

  • Advise the client on issues that may impact the achievement of project outcomes (including issues of sustainability and post project requirements such as maintenance).

    Knowledge Management:

  • Actively interact with task managers/relevant Bank units and the PIUs/government agencies to share case studies, lessons learned and best practice on the portfolio management;

  • Provide feedback to the Director/Deputy Director General/Country Manager on Bank policies, strategies and operational procedures, with an aim towards continuous improvement of Bank policies implementation;

  • Incorporate lessons learned in project development and implementation.

    AfDB Visibility:

  • Support the Director/Deputy Director General /Country Manager’s efforts to improve the Bank’s visibility in the region;

  • Represent and provide visibility when and where required for and including through organizing/participating in events such as senior level visits, interviews, seminars, business events and conferences;

    Quality Management:

  • Focus on ensuring high quality and performance of the country’s portfolio;

  • Ensure all reports and submissions are timely and of high quality;

  • Work jointly with relevant country teams and managers to meet KPI assigned targets; and

  • Play a key role and advise within the assigned country on economic, political, social and other developments relevant to the Bank’s operations in the country.

  • Championing the Complex / Regional mandate and purpose – Provide a direct and indirect operational support that contributes to the Region or Country output and mandate of the Complex.

    Competencies (Skills, Experience and Knowledge)

  • Hold at least a Master’s Degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture /Forestry, Business Administration, Public Administration or any relevant field, and knowledge of development issues.

  • Have a minimum of six (6) years of relevant professional experience in the formulation and implementation of policies, programs and projects either within the Bank or with a similar development institution or the public service;

  • Experience working in a team in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, international and professional environment.

  • Relevant and required experience gained on the African continent;

  • Experience gained within multilateral development finance institutions.

  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation and/or review of operations in a multilateral financial institution;

    Behavioral Competencies

  • Innovation & Creativity.

  • Client Orientation.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent Communication skills.

  • Professional Expertise.

  • Relationship management skills.

  • Influencing skills.

  • Decisiveness.

  • Takes Initiative/Spotting Opportunity/Pushing Strategy.

  • Highly organised & structured.

  • Technical Competencies.

    Managerial/Leadership Competencies:

  • Ability to provide comprehensive thought Leadership on programme delivery and related issues.

  • Mentorship/coaching skills.

  • People management skills.


  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and spoken) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other language.

  • Competence in the use of standard MS office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint).

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Principal Country Programme Officer Jobs in Nigeria

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